Will Ferrell will get first MTV Movie Awards Comedic Genius Award

By Daniel S Levine,

Will Ferrell will get to add another award for his comedy to his collection. The former Saturday Night Live castmember and Anchorman star will be the first recipient of the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movie Awards.

MTV announced the award on Wednesday.

“Will Ferrell epitomizes what it means to be a comedic genius and it's only fitting that he should be the inaugural recipient of this award,” MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement. “Over the course of his extraordinary, 17-plus-year career, he has entertained audiences across the globe with an impressive array of laugh-out-loud performances on air, online and in films. Simply put, Will Ferrell is 'kind of a big deal.’”

The Funny Or Die.com co-creator was nominated for an Emmy for his SNL work in 2001 and has earned three MTV Movie Awards nominations. In 2011, he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

He is currently working on a sequel to Anchorman titled The Legend Continues, which will co-star Kristen Wiig, who joins the returning cast. That film is set to reach theaters on Dec. 20, 2013.

Ferrell will accept the prize on Sunday, April 14. Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is hosting. You can vote for the winners at MovieAwards.MTV.com.

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